Causality and Agency Across Cultures and Languages


Why does wood float on water? What made Jim shout at me, and why had he to be so offending? Who is responsible for my son’s sickness? And why should incest be wrong? All these questions share one important feature: They ask for causal explanations. Causality is a core concept in our attempts to make sense of the physical world and of social interactions; and this makes causal cognition a topic of prime interest for cognitive science. Yet, in spite of an increasing body of high-quality and high-profile research, most previous studies paid only incidental attention to the potential of cognitive and linguistic diversity in causal cognition.

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